FORT WORTH, Texas—American Airlines is flying the first of its aircraft equipped with the new cockpit locking devices. Since receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to install reinforced metal bars on cockpit doors, the company now has completed manufacture of the first wave of locking devices. Eighteen aircraft now are in service with the secured cockpit doors, and the airlines’ pilots have publicly supported the use of the new locking devices.
The company will continue an all-out effort at three maintenance bases and seven field stations to complete installations by early November. The installation rate will increase rapidly within the next week now that production is in full force.
The devices are being built by American Airlines mechanics at maintenance facilities in Tulsa, Okla.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. Also, two of American’s vendors C & D Aerospace of Huntington Beach, Calif., and The Nordam Group of Tulsa, Okla., will assist in manufacturing locking devices required should the demand exceed the company`s production capacity.
American is placing cockpit locking devices on its entire fleet of American and TWA aircraft. American has 712 aircraft in its fleet. TWA has 169 aircraft.